Introduction to Reading in KS2
In KS2 our aim is to continue fostering a love of reading in our children through exposure to exciting, challenging and meaningful texts throughout the curriculum. Reading goes hand in hand with writing, therefore the rich texts we use in whole class reading will often support our writing lessons to enrich and inform the writing process.
In our whole class reading lessons we ensure the children meet a range of text types; fiction, non-fiction and poetry are all covered.
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading. Every child is given a book within their reading level and reads at their own pace. When they have finished the book, children are invited to take a short online quiz, to check that they have understood the book. The scheme is designed to engage and motivate children to read as they build up points and earn rewards. Children’s reading levels are regularly reviewed to ensure that children continued to be challenged and engaged. You can follow your child’s progress using Renaissance Home Connect
Please encourage your child to read every day and talk about the books they are reading. Children do not have to read AR books only. Children should read books that they are interested in and motivate them! Other books can be read alongside their AR book. To check which books are covered by AR go to http://www.arbookfind.co.uk.
Our termly newsletter (link) may help the children find their next book. In addition, the following websites are free and are great place to start a new reading adventure:
www.booksfortopics.com – This website has book lists by year group and topics.
www.booktrust.org.uk – Book Trust is the UKs largest reading charity. The website offers guidance on how best to support reading. In addition, the site has excellent reading lists and will review new fiction and non-fiction each month.
www.lovereading4kids.co.uk – Here you will find booklists alongside author Q&A sessions, competitions and new reviews. They also have a fabulous section on books that support children’s mental health and well-being.
What can you do to support reading at home?
Research shows that a child who reads for pleasure every day greatly increases their life chances.
Here are some ideas you can try at home:
- Make books part of the furniture – always have books around ready to read. It is still beneficial to hear KS2 children read aloud, as well as letting them hear you read. You are never too old for a bedtime story. What book could you read together?
- Pick a book that your child is interested in – help them find a book they are interested in by using the book suggestion links.
- All reading is good – newspapers, cereal packets, leaflets, comics and manuals all provide valuable reading opportunities.
- Keep on reading – Encourage your child to reread their favourite texts. This is a great way to build up confidence and fluency.
If you would like more information about reading in KS2 please contact Mrs Hill through the school office.